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Diamond 3D Printing: For a Book Cover that Stands Out

March 26, 2019 (Last Updated August 16, 2023)

Marcy G.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, when it comes to selling books, these are not words to live by. When you go into a bookstore, what’s the first thing you do when you grab a book off the shelf? You look at the cover, and if it intrigues you enough, you flip it over to read the back-cover blurb. In self-publishing, designing an effective book cover is key.  

Now more than ever, it’s important to put time and thought into the execution of your book cover.  In a competitive market, it’s necessary to stand out and create an identity through not only your words, but the quality of your product. An enticing cover can be the best marketing tool you have to sell your books. Your book cover should communicate to potential readers that something truly special awaits inside. How can you do this? Create a book cover that grabs their attention, effortlessly. A great way to add flair to your book cover is through special cover treatments like our Diamond 3D Printing.


*New to cover design? In addition to researching book design trends, we recommend going to the bookstore and looking around. Pay attention to the covers that catch your eye and make notes of what they have in common and what design elements you like! This will help inform your design aesthetic.


Diamond 3D Printing - for a cover that stands out! 

Our Diamond 3D covers highlight a couple of elements on your cover to make them pop! Diamond 3D itself is a raised coating that accentuates the printed colors beneath it. We have it available in three options:

Diamond 3D Clear is a clear, raised coating that is printed on top of your artwork to give it a high-gloss raised “3D” effect that you can see and feel!


Diamond 3D Foil is a raised metallic foil coating that can be used to highlight elements of your book cover (most often your book title) to really catch the eye.
Currently available in gold, silver, red, or blue.


Diamond 3D Smart Textures use the same technology as our Diamond 3D Clear coating. We’ll apply one of our available textures to your entire cover to imitate the feel of a non-paper cover (such as linen or leather). Our graphic designers will customize the background to make sure printed elements of your cover aren’t overshadowed and that all of your text is still legible. 



If you want to add Diamond 3D Printing to your book cover, simply request it when you place an order under “Cover Material.” You will be able to select one or more of the Diamond 3D options to use on your cover. If you want to use a combo of Diamond 3D Foil and Clear, simply click on both. Our designers will make recommendations on which design elements to highlight on your cover. Book titles are the most popular. If you have a specific vision on where you want the 3D coating applied, let us know in the “customer comments” section of your order. We’ll send you a proof to view and approve, so you can let us know any adjustments that need made. If you want to see a single copy of your book in person before approving your full run, select “printed proof” when you place your order.


We’re Here to Help

 From custom cover design to ISBNs and Barcodes, we have everything you need to complete your book cover, so you can feel confident about putting your book out into the world. If you have any questions at all, contact us to speak with our team. We’re here to help every step of the way!



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